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So Long, Fanfiction.net

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Apr. 14th, 2012 | 08:14 pm
posted by: jane_elliot in epic_rants

Today I finally went ahead and deleted all of my Fanfiction.net bookmarks. It was a bit of a pang to do so, since I've found some great fics on that site over the years. Unfortunately, the number of good stories was massively, *massively* overwhelmed by the utter crap that I found there (the crap to quality ratio of FF.net remains the worst of any archive I've ever used) and AO3 has now gotten large enough that most of the good fics at FF.net get posted at AO3 as well.

So, farewell, Fanfiction.net. I will miss your fabulous filters and the few authors who posted truly awesome work on your site, but I look forward to finally getting my to-read folder under 2 GB(!)

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celestlyn

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from: celestlyn
date: Apr. 15th, 2012 04:03 am (UTC)
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While I agree with you and don't do any searches there, I do read fic when someone recs it there. A couple of my favorite authors post there all the time. What I do like about ff.net is that I can increase the font so easily. I can always hit ctl and + to increase the page size, but that doesn't always work. Some pages are columned and as the words get larger the column gets narrower. Sometimes it makes it so I have to scroll sideways as well as up and down and I'm sure not wanting to do that. So it's easier sometimes just to read something on ff.net instead of the LJ sites. Some archives have a font enlarging option and that's always nice.

But for the most part, I agree that one has to look long and hard to find the good stuff if you're just browsing. Much of it is written by teens with little or no writing skills. However, I will say that it's a good place to learn. A good place for beginners to play. You can post most anything and there are no writing standards like there are at some archives. I prefer other archives for posting, but for sheer ease on the eyes when reading, I like it.

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jane_elliot

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from: jane_elliot
date: Apr. 15th, 2012 05:17 am (UTC)
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I would certainly not spurn a recced fic just because it was on ff.net! That said, though, I do so little on LJ these days that I rarely find fics from recs (and I never read fics on LJ at all anymore), so it could be a long while before I have to break out Fanfiction Downloader again:)

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celestlyn

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from: celestlyn
date: Apr. 15th, 2012 05:26 am (UTC)
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Oh, I do love Fanfiction Downloader and Flagfic.com. Both get used periodically.

While I like the idea of LJ, I find reading longer fics on there difficult. I prefer the archives that make viewing much easier on the eyes. AO3, FF, Skyehawke...etc.



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Amalthia

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from: amothea
date: Apr. 15th, 2012 08:42 am (UTC)
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I think the only reason I still appreciate ff.net is because of fanfiction downloader and it's better than LJ for posting stories. (in the sense that it is easier to get a single file from ff.net than LJ.) Having said that I still prefer A03 though I'm not sure I'd want all the badfic that is currently posted to ff.net to migrate to A03...

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jane_elliot

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from: jane_elliot
date: Apr. 15th, 2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
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The whole reason I got into ff.net in the first place was because (with Fanfiction Downloader) I was able to get single file versions of stories that could be positively massive (while I've completely stopped reading LJ in part because so many people break up stories into a zillion parts more than is even necessary). That said, I don't need a special program to get the single file version from AO3, and while it was much, much easier to browse over at ff.net, it also produced much, much worse fic:)

Without a doubt there's going to be some bad fic migration over to AO3 (I've already seen it quite a bit lately), but I don't think it's ever going to be as bad as ff.net, if only because you have to know a bit about fandom before you hit AO3, while all you need for ff.net is to be searching for stories about a fandom (ff.net nearly always being the first thing to pop up in most general fanfiction searches). Over time, I think ff.net's going to become (even more so than it always is) the place where newbies get their feet wet before moving on to better respected archives (like AO3).

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Amalthia

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from: amothea
date: Apr. 15th, 2012 07:44 pm (UTC)
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I just hope more of the good authors use A03 because now that Calibre has this fanfiction downloader plugin it makes it even easier to add stories to my Sony reader. I've been able to read a lot more since I found this plugin. :)

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jane_elliot

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from: jane_elliot
date: Apr. 15th, 2012 09:56 pm (UTC)
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Actually, Fanfiction Downloader had a .mobi option and AO3 has the option of a .mobi download. Which is why I now have more ebook files than my Kindle can handle:)

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Amalthia

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from: amothea
date: Apr. 16th, 2012 03:40 am (UTC)
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The reason I use the Fanfiction Downloader plugin instead of just downloading the epub from A03 is that I can use css overrides on the downloads. Mostly I center chapter headers, add paragraph indents, remove extra space between paragraphs and etc...Since I already use Calibre it doesn't add any difficulty to using the plugin because it's integrated into Calibre. :) The plugin will also download and convert stories from skyhawke, ff.net, ksarchive, a03, and a whole bunch of twilight and harry potter archives. :)

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jane_elliot

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from: jane_elliot
date: Apr. 15th, 2012 09:57 pm (UTC)
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Actually, Fanfiction Downloader had a .mobi option and AO3 has the option of a .mobi download. Which is why I now have more ebook files than my Kindle can handle:) Though it must be said that I kind of hate my Kindle and when it dies I plan on getting a completely different brand of e-reader. How do you like your Sony? Is it easy to transfer files to it? Is it backlit or electronic ink?

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jane_elliot

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from: jane_elliot
date: Apr. 15th, 2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
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Oh, heck. Sorry for the double reply -- it didn't look like the first one went through and so I figured I'd add a bit more in my second try.

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Amalthia

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from: amothea
date: Apr. 16th, 2012 03:50 am (UTC)
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My Sony PRS-650 is an e-ink device and I use Calibre to transfer stories to it. I love the way it organizes collections. I'm able to create collections/tags and on the device I can sort by date, author, title, and it gives you the A-Z list of authors/titles so you can jump down to where you want to be.

The newest Sony which I think is the PRS-T1-has wi-fi and touch screen and I haven't heard anyone say it's harder to use than the Kindle. Mostly, in the Mobile Read forums I see a lot of questions from Kindle users asking for help to organize their files on their device because it doesn't sound like there is an easy way to create collections or organize the contents.

I read that some people use the content server option on Calibre to access their collection when they aren't home from their wi-fi enabled reader. I use my content server to access my collection on my tablet and I like it because I don't have to add every story to my device. However, I tested my device by adding over 1,500 stories and it worked rather well. :)

For me it's incredibly easy to transfer ebooks to my device even though my current model does not have wi-fi. Calibre tells me if I already have a book on my device or not, I think it can sync automatically if you want it to. At this point the main difference in the devices seems to be how they allow you to organize, materials the device is made out of, access to ebook stores (Sony has an ebook store but I don't use it and it doesn't look as easy as the Kindle store)

I buy ebooks once in a blue moon. I mostly read fan fiction on my device and for fan fiction reading my Sony works rather well. Especially now that I'm using the Calibre plugin Fanfiction Downloader and Count Pages, plus all my custom columns. If you'd like to see what the content server looks like email me at amalthia at gmail.com and I'll send you the link. It'll give you a good idea of what you can do with custom columns and etc..

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jane_elliot

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from: jane_elliot
date: May. 7th, 2012 03:12 am (UTC)
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I thought I responded to this, but apparently I hadn't. Sorry!

Your Sony reader sounds fabulous! I'm thinking that's definitely the direction to go once my Kindle finally dies (or just gets so plain irritating that I can't stand to use it any longer.) Thank you for the info!

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Amalthia

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from: amothea
date: May. 7th, 2012 03:35 am (UTC)
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I just love that there are different devices to choose from. :)

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Terrie

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from: terrie01
date: Apr. 15th, 2012 02:06 pm (UTC)
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These days, the only time I go to FF.net is when I'm looking for a known story or author. I do have an account, mainly so that I can sign up for alerts. But that's really it.

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jane_elliot

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from: jane_elliot
date: Apr. 15th, 2012 07:42 pm (UTC)
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That's pretty much where I am at now (and it feels amazingly freeing to be able to say that:)

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jenna_marianne

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from: jenna_marianne
date: Apr. 16th, 2012 05:22 pm (UTC)
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the only time I go to FF.net is when I'm looking for a known story or author.

Same here, or if I'm following a rec.

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